3 reasons INEC extends date for collection of PVCs

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Abideen Muhammed

The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ), has on Friday extended the date for the collection of Permanent Voter Cards ( PVCs ) which was scheduled to end on February 8, 2019 before.

The collection of PVCs would now end on Monday, February 11, 2019. It will take place from 9am to 6pm daily.

The following are the obvious reasons:

1. People refused to collect their PVCs after registration. This may be as a result of political apathy living in the heart of the masses.

2. Omission of people’s names:

Due to omission of people’s names during production of PVCs, some people are frustrated thus decided not to go for it until the issue is resolved.

However, the INEC Chairman, Yakubu explained that after the Monday deadline , all uncollected PVCs would be recalled and deposited with the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN) for safe- keeping until after the general elections when the collection of cards and the continuous registration of voters would resume.

3. Importance of our votes:

Voting is perhaps the most important a citizen can do to support their democratic form of government. A democracy is a system in which the people have a voice in the decisions of their community or nation but people can’t exercise this right except with their PVCs. Hence, INEC extended the date to accommodate more voters.

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